The Baker Institute offers a wide variety of extra-curricular events called iDeX, short for idea exchange!  Providing a wide range of experiences including a speaker series, interactive sessions, panel discussions, topical meet-ups and more, iDeX  events  promise to be exciting and inspiring!  The Baker Institute’s calendar includes iDex events, curricular programming and other related activities around campus.

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September 30, 2014

Financing Your Business Seminar

Lehigh University Small Business Development Center Presents: Financing Your Business Seminar

September 30, 2014                                  
Upper Bucks
Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce
21 N. Main Street
Quakertown, PA 18951
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Preparing to Meet with a Lender

In this workshop, attendees will learn about what it takes to be ready to approach a lender.  Discussion will revolve around what lenders are looking for in a loan request – from both existing businesses and startups.  U.S. Small Business Administration representatives will be available to discuss SBA loan programs.

Attendees will learn about:

  •  Preparing your financing request
  •  What lenders are looking for in financing request
  •  SBA loan guarantee program
  • Alternative financing options and incentive programs
  •  Business credit
  •  Where to find additional resources

Cost: Free

Registration: PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

Upper Bucks:  http://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=21572

To find out more information, or to register for this seminar, please visit www.lehigh.edu/sbdc, email insbdc@lehigh.edu, or call 610-758-3980.

Start: 6:00 pm
End: 7:30 pm
Venue: Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce

October 1, 2014

Technical Entrepreneurship Master’s Degree Open House

Technical Entrepreneurship Master’s Degree Open House
Oct. 1, 2014
5-6 p.m.
Wilbur Powerhouse, Lower Level

Come learn about Lehigh’s award-winning 1-year graduate program!

Passionate about launching or working for a startup? Eager to see your innovations in the marketplace? Delve into the real-world process of entrepreneurship with this 12-month master’s program.

No need to leave school to start a business! Enrollment is open and classes start May 19, 2015. The GRE is not required.

  • Meet current students and faculty members who specialize in developing creative ideas and commercializing and launching products
  • Visit the Creativity and Innovation Lab and prototyping facilities
  • Enjoy refreshments and ask questions!
  • RSVP: here
  • Download poster

You may also register for a free, live online webinar with Technical Entrepreneurship faculty and students, Oct. 17 – 1:00-1:45 p.m. – REGISTER NOW

For more information, see www.lehigh.edu/innovate, call (610) 758-4789, or email jlk4@lehigh.edu.

Start: 5:00 pm
End: 6:00 pm
Venue: Wilbur Powerhouse (lower level)

October 2, 2014

SBDC 4-Part Seminar – Boomer to Business – Start up for those over 55!

Lehigh University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Presents: 
FREE 4-Part Seminar – Boomer to Business – Start up for those over 55!

The focus of this seminar series is to create a clear path to business ownership for those who are 55+ who are considering entrepreneurship.

Through this specially designed series, attendees will learn how to open and start a business, along with special topics unique to boomer entrepreneurs. With the knowledge of these seminars in hand, attendees will be able to make an informed decision if entrepreneurship is a fitting option for their lifestyle.

I. Asset Preservation
Thursday, Oct.2 – 9:30am to 11:30am
Speaker: 
Jeffrey S. Berdahl, CPA/PFS, CSEP
Description: You have spent years building your wealth. This seminar will show how to protect it while still fulfilling your dreams of starting a business.

II. Legal Considerations
Thursday, Oct. 9 – 9:30am to 11:30am

III. Explore Finance Options
Thursday, Oct. 16 – 9:30am to 11:30am

IV. Ready. Set. Start!
Thursday, Oct. 23 – 9:30am to 11:30am

Presented by the Small Business Development Center in Partnership with the Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board Inc. and made possible by a grant from the PA Department of Labor & Industry. This free series is a community-oriented event open to all.

Registration Form and PDF flyer

Mail the complete form to: Lehigh University SBDC, 125 Goodman Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18015; Call (610) 758-3980; Fax the complete form to (610) 758-5205; or register online.

LOCATION: 555 Union Boulevard, Allentown PA 18109

REGISTRATION: Is limited to 60 participants and materials will only be provided to those who pre-register. The pre-registration period is up to two days before each event. While participants can register for individual seminars, they are encouraged to attend all. Seating is limited.

http://www.lehigh.edu/~insbdc/upcomingseminars.html

Start: 9:30 am
End: 11:30 am

October 8, 2014

EUREKA! Ventures Competition Series Info Session

EUREKA! Ventures Competition Series Info Session
Oct. 8, 2014

4:00-5:00 p.m.
Location: TBA

Are you a Lehigh student with a great idea or who has started an entrepreneurial venture? Join us to learn more about the Baker Institute’s EUREKA! Ventures Competition Series, which recognizes Lehigh’s outstanding student entrepreneurs. Winners receive awards in cash and in-kind prizes that help them launch or expand their ventures.

  • RSVP here (coming soon)
  • View event poster (coming soon)

Competition application proposals are due Nov. 10. Proposal development coaching runs Oct. 10-Nov. 10. Proposals must include at least one team member who is an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a degree-seeking program at Lehigh during the academic year of the competition. That student must both originate and lead the startup/project team. For more information about the EUREKA! competition , see: http://baker.sites.lehigh.edu/what-we-offer/eureka/

This information session is only open to Lehigh University students, faculty, and staff. For more information, contact inentin@lehigh.edu or (610) 758-5625. This event is hosted by Lehigh University’s Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation.

Start: 4:00 pm
End: 5:00 pm

October 9, 2014

SBDC 4-Part Seminar – Boomer to Business – Start up for those over 55!

Lehigh University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Presents: 
FREE 4-Part Seminar – Boomer to Business – Start up for those over 55!

The focus of this seminar series is to create a clear path to business ownership for those who are 55+ who are considering entrepreneurship.

Through this specially designed series, attendees will learn how to open and start a business, along with special topics unique to boomer entrepreneurs. With the knowledge of these seminars in hand, attendees will be able to make an informed decision if entrepreneurship is a fitting option for their lifestyle.

II. Legal Considerations
Thursday, Oct. 9 – 9:30am to 11:30am
Speaker: 
Buddy Lesavoy, MBA, JD.
Description: What’s the best business structure for the kind of business you want to start? Just one of the questions that will be answered in this seminar.

III. Explore Finance Options
Thursday, Oct. 16 – 9:30am to 11:30am

IV. Ready. Set. Start!
Thursday, Oct. 23 – 9:30am to 11:30am

Presented by the Small Business Development Center in Partnership with the Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board Inc. and made possible by a grant from the PA Department of Labor & Industry. This free series is a community-oriented event open to all.

Registration Form and PDF flyer

Mail the complete form to: Lehigh University SBDC, 125 Goodman Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18015; Call (610) 758-3980; Fax the complete form to (610) 758-5205; or register online.

LOCATION: 555 Union Boulevard, Allentown PA 18109

REGISTRATION: Is limited to 60 participants and materials will only be provided to those who pre-register. The pre-registration period is up to two days before each event. While participants can register for individual seminars, they are encouraged to attend all. Seating is limited.

http://www.lehigh.edu/~insbdc/upcomingseminars.html

Start: 9:30 am
End: 11:30 am

October 13, 2014

ENTP 311/312 Launching Entrepreneurial Ventures I & II Guest Speaker: Wayne Barz et al. (BFTP “Tiger Session”)

When: October 13, 2014

Time: 7:10-10:00pm

Where: Wilbur Powerhouse Room 151 (Lobby)

These class sessions are open to the public and all students. Call (610) 758-5626 or email inentin@lehigh.edu for more information.

Start: 7:10 pm
End: 10:00 pm

October 14, 2014

Financing Your Business Seminar

Lehigh University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Presents: Financing Your Business Seminar

Oct. 14, 2014
Northampton Community College
511 East Third Street – Room 523
Bethlehem, PA 18015
1:30 – 3:00 p.m

Preparing to Meet with a Lender

In this workshop, attendees will learn about what it takes to be ready to approach a lender. Discussion will revolve around what lenders are looking for in a loan request – from both existing businesses and startups. U.S. Small Business Administration representatives will be available to discuss SBA loan programs.

Attendees will learn about:

  •  Preparing your financing request
  •  What lenders are looking for in financing request
  •  SBA loan guarantee program
  • Alternative financing options and incentive programs
  • Business credit
  • Where to find additional resources

Cost: Free

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Register at: http://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=21573

For more information: www.lehigh.edu/sbdc, email insbdc@lehigh.edu, or call 610-758-3980.

Start: 1:30 pm
End: 3:00 pm
Venue: Lehigh and Northampton Northampton Community College

iDeX: Startups 101 – How to Be a Rockstar Employee

iDeX: Startups 101 – How to Be a Rockstar Employee
Oct. 14, 2014
4-5 p.m.
STEPS 101
Lehigh University

Lehigh alumnus Lauren Gill ’10, Senior Talent Manager for Venture For America, will lead a skills development and information session on how to be a great startup employee. Modeled after Teach for America, Venture for America is a fellowship program for recent college graduates who want to learn how to build a business while making an impact. VFA Fellows get training and join a startup in an emerging U.S. city, where they live and work for two years at one of VFA’s hundreds of partner companies. They learn hands-on what it takes to build a company, while getting the mentorship, network, and ongoing support to prepare themselves to become successful entrepreneurs. The program’s goal is to spark job growth in cities that need it by sending top talent to help grow the businesses that will make it happen.

Drawing from hundreds of VFA Fellows’ experiences, when you work at a startup, you can’t expect an employee handbook on day one. You probably can’t count on doing something within your job description on any given day, either. Even in an environment equal parts ambiguity and urgency, you can expect to add value and impress. Join us at this interactive event to talk communication, initiative, and leadership and to hear best practices and tips for success.

Bio:
Lauren Gill is Venture for America’s Senior Talent Manager. A Psychology major with minors in Business and Spanish, Lauren graduated summa cum laude from Lehigh University in 2010. She embarked on her first post-graduation adventure, teaching, as a Teach for America corps member in Washington, D.C., and earned a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. Next, Lauren joined Venture for America, where she now runs the Fellowship admissions program. When she’s not interviewing potential Fellows or obsessing over all things VFA, you can find her going for a run, exploring Manhattan’s many brunch-worthy restaurants, or volunteering, teaching dance classes at a local homeless shelter.

This event is free and open to all. Refreshments are included. For more information, contact inentin@lehigh.edu or (610) 758-5626. This event is sponsored by Lehigh University’s Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation.

Start: 4:00 pm
End: 5:00 pm

October 15, 2014

TEDx-LehighU

TEDx-LehighU
Oct. 15, 2014
4-6 p.m.
Packard 101
Lehigh University

The theme of this Lehigh University student-organized TEDx experience is “The Future of Our Society.” Lehigh faculty, students, and community members will share their “ideas worth spreading” in brief TED-style talks.

Featured Speakers:

Kristen Pedemonti (community member)
Nick Stephens (undergraduate student)
Gerardo Calderon (alumnus, graduate student)
Michael S. Lehman (professor)
Scott Garrigan (professor)
Gregory Skutches (professor)

This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by Lehigh University’s Alpha Omega Epsilon, Delta Upsilon, and the Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation.

For more information: http://www.ted.com/tedx/events/12340, hyp216@lehigh.edu, or (610) 758-5626.

Start: 4:00 pm
End: 6:00 pm

October 16, 2014

SBDC 4-Part Seminar – Boomer to Business – Start up for those over 55!

Lehigh University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Presents: 
FREE 4-Part Seminar – Boomer to Business – Start up for those over 55!

The focus of this seminar series is to create a clear path to business ownership for those who are 55+ who are considering entrepreneurship.

Through this specially designed series, attendees will learn how to open and start a business, along with special topics unique to boomer entrepreneurs. With the knowledge of these seminars in hand, attendees will be able to make an informed decision if entrepreneurship is a fitting option for their lifestyle.

III. Explore Finance Options
Thursday, Oct. 16 – 9:30am to 11:30am
Rob Mineo: SBDC Director of Finance
Description: This seminar will review financing options, discuss what is required from lenders and help you understand how to construct a funding request.

IV. Ready. Set. Start!
Thursday, Oct. 23 – 9:30am to 11:30am

Presented by the Small Business Development Center in Partnership with the Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board Inc. and made possible by a grant from the PA Department of Labor & Industry. This free series is a community-oriented event open to all.

Registration Form and PDF flyer

Mail the complete form to: Lehigh University SBDC, 125 Goodman Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18015; Call (610) 758-3980; Fax the complete form to (610) 758-5205; or register online.

LOCATION: 555 Union Boulevard, Allentown PA 18109

REGISTRATION: Is limited to 60 participants and materials will only be provided to those who pre-register. The pre-registration period is up to two days before each event. While participants can register for individual seminars, they are encouraged to attend all. Seating is limited.

http://www.lehigh.edu/~insbdc/upcomingseminars.html

Start: 9:30 am
End: 11:30 am
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